(July 30, 2010)

Contact: Rick DelaHaya, Centenary News Services, 318.869.5073

Rev. Valerie Robideaux named new Director of CLC

SHREVEPORT, LA (Centenary News Service) — Rev. Valerie Robideaux has been named the Director of the Christian Leadership Center at Centenary College. She replaces Rev. Betsy Eaves who has taken a new position at the College as the Vice President for Student Development.

Valerie Robideaux
Rev. Valerie Robideaux

As Director of the Christian Leadership Center she will be responsible for oversight of the undergraduate program (formerly known as Church Careers), graduate theological studies in cooperation with Garrett-Evangelical, community education and missions opportunities, and the CLC Advisory Board.

A Louisiana native, Rev. Robideaux is a 2003 graduate of Centenary College where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies with an emphasis in Christian education. She received her Church Careers Institute endorsement (now CLC) also in 2003.

She received her Master of Divinity in Religious Education from Candler School of Theology at Emory University in 2008, and served at Northside United Methodist Church in Atlanta, Ga., as a Women's Discipleship Associate from 2005-2008 and later the interim Director.

Rev. Robideaux returned to her alma mater in 2008 as the Theological Studies Coordinator of the Christian Leadership Center where she coordinated theological reflection for the undergraduate program, and coordinated the graduate theological studies program in cooperation with Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.

Serving the Louisiana Conference of The United Methodist Church as a deacon, Rev. Robideaux expects ordination at 2011's Annual Conference. She is married to the Rev. Joseph Robideaux, Associate Pastor of Contemporary Worship at Christ United Methodist Church in Shreveport. They have two young daughters, Aubrey and Judah.

About Centenary College of Louisiana

Centenary College is a private, four-year arts and sciences college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Founded in 1825, it is the oldest chartered liberal arts college west of the Mississippi River and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Centenary is one of 16 colleges and universities constituting the Associated Colleges of the South and has been recognized as "One of the Best 371 Colleges" by the Princeton Review and one of "America's Best Colleges" and one of "America's Best Private Colleges" by Forbes.com. In 2008 Centenary College celebrated 100 years in Shreveport and Bossier City.